Posts Tagged ‘Spy TV’

Homeland Season 6 finale – Tom Secker on PPR

In our final analysis and review for Homeland season 6 Pearse and I dissect the last two episodes, looking at the shifting loyalties and role reversals around the attempted assassination of the president-elect.  We look at how Homeland has latched onto a number of ideas that have become popular in ...
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Subscriber Podcast #6 – Under Siege (no, not that one)

In this month's subscriber-only podcast Pearse and I discuss the 1986 TV movie Under Siege. Co-written by former Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward on the surface this is a liberal take on the Reagan White House, but underneath is a profoundly neoconservative film. When terrorists attack the US on a ...
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ClandesTime 103 – MI5 Censorship of Panorama

In 1980 the BBC's documentary series Panorama began developing an episode on British intelligence.  This was the first of its kind, at least by such a prominent and respected series, but both the central government and the intelligence agencies were not happy.  Over a period of several months they put ...
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Top Secret File on Government Censorship of Panorama

In the summer of 1980 the BBC's flagship documentary series Panorama was developing a TV special about British intelligence.  This was the first film of its kind, and perhaps unsurprisingly Thatcher's government was not happy about it.  Downing Street put pressure on the film-makers via BBC Director-General Ian Threthowan, and ...
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‘Would Only Encourage Snickers and Derision’ – CIA Review of Screenplay for The CIA

In 1969 the CIA obtained a copy of The CIA, a screenplay being developed at Universal Studios, written by William Woodfield and Allan Balter.  Woodfield and Balter were perhaps best known for writing the TV series of Mission: Impossible, until they had a well-publicised falling out with series creator Bruce ...
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What Connects Jack Valenti, E Howard Hunt and The Godfather?

On the face of it former CIA officer, Watergate burglar and confessed JFK assassin E Howard Hunt shouldn't have had much to do with former MPAA president Jack Valenti.  They both served in WW2 (Hunt in the OSS, Valenti in the Army Air Forces) and both died in 2007.  They ...
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‘All my projects are merging’ – CIA emails on Covert Affairs

Covert Affairs was a not particularly original spy series telling the tale of an attractive young woman who is thrust into the world of CIA black operations.  It lasted for five seasons, mostly because it starred Piper Perabo and people like Piper Perabo.  Perabo's character Annie Walker is loosely based ...
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‘We will do NO press on this’ – CIA emails on Claire Danes’ first visit to Langley

Newly-available emails show that when Claire Danes first visited CIA headquarters, she did so in very low-key fashion after a friendly CIA agent got her in.  This confirms that the Agency have been involved in the production of Homeland since the first season, and shows how even their liaisons with ...
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Homeland Season 6 – Tom Secker on Porkins Policy Radio

This week I joined Pearse to talk about the beginning of the new season of Homeland, and how it isn't quite what we expected.  The entire 6th season is set between the US presidential election and inauguration day and while the president-elect is female, she is no Hitlery Clinton.  Instead ...
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Review: Spies Episode 1

Spies is the 'new' game show from Channel 4.  I say 'new' because it's a blow-for-blow remake of the 2004 BBC series Spy, which also took a small group of members of the public and had three former spooks put them through their paces via a series of tests and ...
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